Once upon a time, back in the early spring of 2010, Chuck had a business trip planned to Atlanta for a weekend. So I opted to go with him to visit my Aunt Della, Uncle Carl, and her (grown) children. I was delighted that my cousin Kelly gave birth right on time, and was literally arriving at her home from the hospital with her new baby just as I was getting into town. I was able to soak in those glorious moments of watching a couple become a family, and parents become grandparents. It was a sweet and beautiful time.
Fast forward a couple of years later, and Kelly (along with her super-husband, Andy) are expecting again. Kelly asks if I’d consider coming to town again to welcome baby #2. So, I asked Chuck to take the kids the weekend of my birthday and let me jet off to Georgia again. This time, my beloved grandmother was there, and once again, it was incredibly special.
My uncle Carl, enjoying his teeny tiny granddaughter, Mila.
Four generations: Grandmammy, Della, Kelly, and Mila.
Mila with her aunt (my cousin) Lisa.
Mammy. I’ve written about her before…I had the delight of traveling back to Texas with her on the airplane. I relish every minute I get with this woman.
Baby #1, aka Big brother, Weston.
Weston with his uncle (my cousin) Casey.
Little did I know, this would be my last photo of Casey. He passed away unexpectedly from a seizure in September, a month shy of his 30th birthday. While it pains me even to type that last sentence, I’m quickly reminded of how much he loved the Lord and how this is not the end.
On that note, please keep my Aunt Della and Uncle Carl in your prayers. Life without their only son isn’t easy…
And here is Aunt Della primping her granddaughter for a photo. Kelly gave me full reign to take all the photos I wanted in her beautiful home, and of her gorgeous family. Best.birthday.gift ever!
I have never seen a child so head-over-heels in love with his baby sister. It was absolutely amazing!
Kelly has an awesome DIY decorating blog, and Andy teaches middle school math (my hero!). They have taught me so much about ways to save money, decorating, and parenting. And they’re younger than me! Love it!! They’re great parents…Mila and Weston are blessed to have them!
What is it about a baby girl that brings out the fierceness in a father? Pure strength and protectiveness, truly from God.
Looking back, I am even more thankful for this trip, for the joys and time with family. I definitely don’t need more “stuff” for my birthday/holidays – I need more time with those I love!
Many thanks to my better half for letting this weekend happen!